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Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  10 Comments  •  2 days ago

There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to...
Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine

Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  13 Comments  •  2 days ago

After a long day in the laboratory in 1932, Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering walked out into the chilly Michigan evening with specially prepared petri dishes, called cough plates, in tow. The two...
'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  16 Comments  •  3 days ago

Virginia Hall is one of the most important American spies most people have never heard of. Her story is on display at the CIA Museum inside the spy agency headquarters in Langley, Va. — but this...
Why Ancient Rome Needed Immigrants to Become Powerful

Why Ancient Rome Needed Immigrants to Become Powerful


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  30 Comments  •  4 days ago

The Caesars embraced newcomers, less out of idealism than out of self-interest. BARRY STRAUSSHow “Roman” was the Roman Empire? Well, by some measures: not very. As the Roman emperors sought...
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  4 Comments  •  4 days ago

In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been...
When does US news ignore a terror plot? When the target is called Islamberg

When does US news ignore a terror plot? When the target is called Islamberg


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  4 Comments  •  5 days ago

(I'm having a lot of trouble embedding the Vimeo video.You'll find it here.) Situated 130 miles north of New York City on the Pennsylvania border, the town was formed in the early 1980s by...
Researchers interpret Cherokee inscriptions in Alabama cave

Researchers interpret Cherokee inscriptions in Alabama cave


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  19 Comments  •  6 days ago

For the first time, a team of scholars and archaeologists has recorded and interpreted Cherokee inscriptions in Manitou Cave, Alabama. (Spirit Cave). These inscriptions reveal evidence of secluded...
The Deadliest Tornado in U.S. History

The Deadliest Tornado in U.S. History


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  9 Comments  •  6 days ago

Overturned trains. Timber found miles away from where it had been stored. Trees felled. Fires and close calls. A letter that flew almost 100 miles. On a normal day in the Midwest in 1925, any one...
Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people

Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  42 Comments  •  one week ago

I was leaving a corporate office building after a full day of leading workshops on how to talk about race thoughtfully and deliberately. The audience for each session had been similar to the...
Legend of the Singing River

Legend of the Singing River


Via: ender  •  History & Sociology  •  14 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

Legend of the Singing River by Lorin ThompsonPascagoula, Mississippi Post OfficeUsed with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. LORIN THOMPSON WAS BORN IN...
Nobody knew who this USAF academy janitor was until the President came to see him

Nobody knew who this USAF academy janitor was until the President came to see him


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  9 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

William Crawford poses with his statue in Pueblo, Colorado -just an hour away from the USAF Academy.  Growing up, many of us were told not to judge people we didn’t know due to the fact...
How the Three Mile Island Accident Was Made Even Worse By a Chaotic Response

How the Three Mile Island Accident Was Made Even Worse By a Chaotic Response


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

For tellers at a Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania bank, the final days of March 1979 should have felt like business as usual. Instead, they were sheer chaos: customers piled up, trying to withdraw money...
The reason Army helicopters are named after native tribes will make you smile - Navy to name a new class of ships after the Navajo Nation

The reason Army helicopters are named after native tribes will make you smile - Navy to name a new class of ships after the Navajo Nation


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  39 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Dec. 03, 2017 08:02PM EST The reason Army helicopters are named after native tribes will make you smile The Army's helicopters have a number of names you recognize immediately:...
How the Vietnam War Ratcheted Up Under 5 U.S. Presidents

How the Vietnam War Ratcheted Up Under 5 U.S. Presidents


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  21 Comments  •  one month ago

At the end of World War II, the United States was broadly popular in Vietnam for having repelled the Japanese occupiers. Even Ho Chi Minh, the nationalist and communist revolutionary, started off...
WWII aircraft carrier USS Wasp found in Coral Sea

WWII aircraft carrier USS Wasp found in Coral Sea


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  5 Comments  •  one month ago

The wreck of another historic WWII aircraft carrier has been found by the expedition crew aboard research vessel (R/V) Petrel who discovered wreckage of USS Wasp (CV 7) on January 14. The ship...
The Bible and Christianity were used to justify African slavery

The Bible and Christianity were used to justify African slavery


By: john-russell  •  History & Sociology  •  435 Comments  •  one month ago

Shall we go to the horses mouth? George Mc Duffie was the sitting governor of South Carolina when he wrote this message to the state legislature in 1835. (excerpts) For the institution of...
The Cuban Missile Crisis Myth You Probably Believe

The Cuban Missile Crisis Myth You Probably Believe


Via: vic-eldred  •  History & Sociology  •  2 Comments  •  one month ago

Several months after the publication of Averting ‘The Final Failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (Stanford University Press, 2003), my narrative history of the...
K-9 Veterans Day, March 13th...The Dogs of War.

K-9 Veterans Day, March 13th...The Dogs of War.


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  20 Comments  •  one month ago

Today is K-9 Veterans day. A day to honor the dogs of war used by the US Military. They are on the front lines facing the same dangers as our troops. They protect/guard/search and as always, they...
Stalingrad: For 59 Days 30 Soviet Soldiers Were Under Siege In Pavlov’s House, They Never Surrendered

Stalingrad: For 59 Days 30 Soviet Soldiers Were Under Siege In Pavlov’s House, They Never Surrendered


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  13 Comments  •  2 months ago

For six months one of the bloodiest battle is history took place in Russia. Stalingrad, the name alone conjures up sacrifice, courage and the never quit of the Russian army. Millions died in this...
Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  36 Comments  •  2 months ago

Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers ... and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs. MEGAN GARBER JUL 15, 2013 TASS / GETTYIt was the spring of 1943, at the...
Remembering the Alamo Scouts - Secret Warriors of World War II

Remembering the Alamo Scouts - Secret Warriors of World War II


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  26 Comments  •  2 months ago

By now, most of the world knows what the U.S. Navy SEAL unit can do. The recent covert operation that went down in Abbottabad, Pakistan—Team 6 swooping down on a compound in four stealth...
Katherine Johnson: The Girl Who Loved to Count

Katherine Johnson: The Girl Who Loved to Count


Via: jasper2529  •  History & Sociology  •  22 Comments  •  2 months ago

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” So said Katherine Johnson,...
The Tin Can Sailors Of Taffy 3 - The Battle Of Samar - The Epic Naval Battle Of WWII

The Tin Can Sailors Of Taffy 3 - The Battle Of Samar - The Epic Naval Battle Of WWII


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  36 Comments  •  2 months ago

This is a repost of an article from 4 years ago.  Naval experts call it the greatest mismatch in U.S. Naval history. The small fleet of Taffy 3 made up of destroyers, destroyer escorts and baby...
He took a DNA test in search of his birth father — and found a daughter instead

He took a DNA test in search of his birth father — and found a daughter instead


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  19 Comments  •  2 months ago

By Elizabeth Chuck and Shako Liu IRVINE, Calif. — Ted Wood, a Sacramento, California, attorney, signed up for Ancestry in 2013, hoping to find his father. Wood, 50, had met his birth mother in...
Back in Omar's district, police deal with gangs, relations with tight-lipped Somali community

Back in Omar's district, police deal with gangs, relations with tight-lipped Somali community


Via: vic-eldred  •  History & Sociology  •  2 Comments  •  2 months ago

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In the dead of the cold, late night on Tuesday, a young Somali man was shot in the hip. Someone took him to the local trauma center, left him there, and drove off. The man...
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